rocknbil - 5:54 pm on Sep 27, 2011 (gmt 0)
I agree and use strong . . . . but many use b (and i, as opposed to em) because devices still know what the heck it is. Whether you're strong or bold, you're still "macho." :-) The one (sorta) good argument for b is that it requires less bytes than strong (and less to type).
foray over strong and bold [webmasterworld.com] <- There are about 2,000 or so of these. Google strong b site:webmasterworld.com
It's almost as highly argued as tables for layout . . . but you learn a lot about things reading through those posts, and many of them make good cases (in spite of the spec)
Does it matter, for SEO, screen readers, accessibility, price of tea in Marphoackdupenot? No. :-)